Despite an enthusiastic and well supported campaign, the British National Party’s Mick Braun was unsuccessful in his attempt to be elected as a local Councillor in the Gooshays ward last week.
The seat was taken by UKIP, and more importantly, the Labour Party, who were convinced from the start of the election that they were bound to win, were kept out.
“UKIP are flavour of the month just now”, explained Steve Squire, the tireless and committed London Organiser, “But that won’t last, and we hope that the move away from the old, tired Parties of the Lib-Lab-Con will help us as we move towards the May elections”.
The campaign was supported by activists from all over London, and in particular by some of the Young Nationalists.
Mick Braun commented “We were the only Party with young, professional activists who worked tirelessly in the campaign.
While there are lessons to be learned all round, we are not dispirited, but will instead build on the experience and we continue to work towards the local elections in 2014”
“We need to focus more on national issues, as these seem to be concerning voters more than local issues,” added Mick.
The campaign was supported by a visit from the Truth Truck, as well as by a London-wide team of canvassers and polling agents. “This was the first experience of an election for some of our activists,” said Mick, “And it was great to see them learning the ropes.”
“Several people commented on how young our polling agents were,” he added, “and the whole team did us proud, with all the youngsters staying at the Town Hall till after the count”.
“The Havering Branch would like to thank everyone who took part and helped Mick in this campaign and look forward to working with them again soon”, said Paul Sturdy, the Havering Branch Organiser.
Work on a local level continued after the by-election, with the Food Bank Team out in action on Saturday, as Mick had promised they would be.
Spirits are high and enthusiasm undaunted. We fight on, we fight to win.
The fact that our percentage vote stayed the same as in 2010, showing that, unlike Labour, LibDems and Tories, we have a loyal voter base.
And that the low turnout shows that Ukip are taking votes off the old parties, not enthusing non-voters - which is why our long haul to win the hearts and minds and postal votes of the disillusioned through things such as food banks is so important.